Technology & Social Media

Twitter’s useless? That argument is officially dead

Twitterlogo So you don't use Twitter?

That's fine. No one's holding a gun to your head. But don't ever -- ever -- tell me it's not useful.

Not after what's happened in Tunisia and Egypt and Iran and Libya. Not after pro-democracy protesters have used it to organize and rally and change the world.

I still hear the same tired arguments from social media naysayers, most of which boil down to this: "What possible good can come of this?"

Beyond (a) bringing us all closer, (b) delivering information, (c) fostering collaboration, (d) building communities and (c) changing the world? Not much, I guess.

In the wake of the revolution in Egypt, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone had this to say about the network's role in the uprising:

"We believe that the open exchange of information is very important and can have a positive impact on the world. That's a mission that we subscribe to and are committed to."

Thank God for that.

If you've given it a fair shake and conclude that Twitter doesn't work for you, that's fine. Not every social tool works for everyone. Find one that does and move on.

But the fact that you haven't taken the time to learn how to use it properly doesn't make Twitter -- or any other social resource -- useless.

On that point, the democracy-starved folks in northern Africa and the Middle East are proving you wrong.

If you're interested, listen to Biz Stone's NPR interview in its entirety:


Bill Sheridan